Back in July 2012, a rhythm game known as Theatrhythm Final Fantasy released on the Nintendo 3DS. I had heard of it, but wasn’t too intrigued until I picked it up on impulse. As soon as I slid the cartridge into my 3DS, I was hooked. The game featured characters from most of the main Final Fantasy games, and of course music from them as well. You could use the stylus to play to the beat of the song to travel, defeat foes, or just harmonize. The game featured just over 70 songs, with 52 songs to download as well.
Today, Square Enix announced that it’s sequel, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, will be coming to North America later this year.
Much like the it’s predecessor, the art style is the same used for the avatars from a few select SquareEnix games, including Kingdom Hearts Re:coded and Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade. The game play is more or less the same, making you tap or hold notes to play a song. However, there any many changes in this much anticipated sequel.
Up from over 70 songs in the first game, Curtain Call holds a staggering amount of over 220 songs from the moment you purchase the game. That’s over three times the amount as the original! Curtain Call also features 60 characters to play as, with new members joining the crew, such as FFIX’s Eiko and FFXII’s Fran. The songs come from even more Final Fantasy games like FFX-2, the FFXIII sequels, and smaller FF titles including Type-O and FF Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon. In the Japanese version of Curtain Call, which releases later this week, it includes music from two games outside of the Final Fantasy region, known as Romancing SaGa 1 and 3. It is unknown of the American version will include these songs, or if either game will feature music from other Square Enix games, like Kingdom Hearts or Chrono Trigger. I person can dream however!
Of course, Curtain Call features new game modes as well! Some of these include:
- Quest Medley Mode – Songs from the vast Final Fantasy music catalog make up unique quests; players can choose their own routes through short, medium and long quests. Players can also share these quests with friends.
- Versus Battle Mode – Players can now compete head-to-head with friends and other users.
- Collecta Crystarium – Clearing songs and winning battles allow players to obtain Collecta Cards that boost their character stats.
There is a lot to see in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, and I for one am very excited to pick it up when it releases later this year. With over 220 songs, not including DLC, 60 playable characters, and new game modes, there will be a lot to do!
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